31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 7 nights
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Yonehara Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Yarabudake, stroll around Kabira Park, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip builder website.

Erbil, Iraq to Ishigaki is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Erbil to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Erbil in May, you will find days in Ishigaki are little chillier (°C), and nights are a bit warmer (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Take a break from the city and head to Ida no Hama Beach and Pinaisara Falls. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima vacation app.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. May in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Relax by the water at Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima online tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In May in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get some historical perspective at Daishoin Temple and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Senjokaku). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, expect Hiroshima to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

7
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Ninja Temple and Higashichaya Old Town for their historical value. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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